As winter slowly draws to a close, March 2, 2013 kicks off an early spring celebration with the Wildflower Festival set to make the first Saturday of March an exhilarating day indeed. There is always a huge turnout with folks coming from as far away as Arizona and New Mexico to enjoy the colorful array of native wildflowers accompanied by exquisite regional birds and butterflies.
The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto National Monument is always the perfect venue with its rolling foothills and majestic mountains backdrop paired with panoramic views of the Coachella Valley. The Visitor Center on Highway 74 in Palm Desert will be the hub of activity with shuttles offering free transportation from parking to the festival. Handicapped accommodations will make it easy for everyone to enjoy the festival regardless of age or physical condition.
With free admission this is the perfect event for families or anyone on a budget. A full spectrum of vendors, delicious foods, arts and crafts and even a beer and wine garden for relaxing will be on hand for maximum fun and enjoyment. The photo opportunities are incomparable with blazing color and beautiful surroundings everywhere you look. This particular event is always a photographer’s favorite.
Starting off at 9 AM and closing at 4pm, the festivities will rock on for a full seven hours. Children are always encouraged to attend. With an entire section of the festival labeled “Kids Zone” there will be opportunities to meet Peter Rabbit and Smokey Bear, observe live animals from the living Desert and enjoy a Beatrix Potter Society story time. In addition, there will be arts and craft stations, face painting and plenty of entertainment.
Adults however, are far from left out and will be able to enjoy several photography and landscaping workshops. From learning to identify a specific wildflower to tips on capturing the perfect photograph, there will be plenty on tap for everyone. A portion of the proceeds from the artist and vendors sales will be donated to benefit the Friends of the Desert Mountains non-profit organization.
The Bill Saitta Group will offer musical entertainment from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM in the wine and beer garden. Saitta, with his smooth jazz sound is a regular staple at the Backstreet Bistro in Palm Desert. Great raffle prizes, specialty T-shirts and plenty of fabulous exhibitors round out this popular annual event. Don’t miss Saturday in the sun on March 2 when Valley temperatures will be optimal and the flowers will be making their first spring appearance. See you there.
For more information on the Coachella Wildflower Festival 2013 visit http://www.friendsofthedesertmountains.org